Ikiru (The Criterion Collection)
The Criterion Collection
Country of Origin:  Japan
Production year: 1952
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 037429-180525
Running time: 2:23 (143 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, Black & White, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: January 20, 2004
Collection type: Owned (#96)
Status: Available
Purchase date: April 28, 2004
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, Ikiru (To Live) presents the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through the exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer from his existence and find meaning in his final days. Told in two parts, Ikiru offers Watanabe's quest in the present, and then through a series of flashbacks. The result is a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives, resulting in the full portrait of a misunderstood man.
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Genres
Drama
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Toho
Media Companies:
 • The Criterion Collection
 • Toho International
 • Janus Films & Home Vision Cinema
Audio format
Japanese  Dolby Digital Mono
Commentary  Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
English
Tags
Asia
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
2Bonus Materials
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Interviews
 • A Message from Akira Kurosawa (2000): an 81-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa; An essay by Donald Richie;
Crew
Direction
Akira Kurosawa....Director
Writing
Akira Kurosawa....Writer
Shinobu Hashimoto....Writer
Hideo Oguni....Writer
Production
Sojiro Motogi....Producer
Cinematography
Asakazu Nakai....Cinematographer
Music
Fumio Hayasaka....Composer
Sound
Fumio Yanoguchi....Sound
Art
So Matsuyama....Art Director
Cast
Takashi Shimura....Kanji Watanabe
Nobuo Kaneko....Mitsuo Watanabe
Kyoko Seki....Kazue Watanabe
Makoto Kobori....Kiichi Watanabe
Kumeko Urabe....Tatsu Watanabe
Yoshie Minami....The Maid
Miki Odagiri....Toyo Odagiri
Kamatari Fujiwara....Ono
Minosuke Yamada....Saito
Haruo Tanaka....Sakai
Bokuzen Hidari....Obara
Shinichi Himori....Kimura
Nobuo Nakamura....Deputy mayor
Kazuo Abe....City assemblyman
Masao Shimizu....Doctor
Ko Kimura....Intern
Atsushi Watanabe....Patient
Yunosuke Ito....Novelist
Yatsuko Tanami....Hostess
Fuyuki Murakami....Newspaperman
Seiji Miyaguchi....Gang boss
Daisuke Kato....Gang member
Ichiro Chiba....Policeman
Kin Sugai....Housewife
Eiko Miyoshi....Housewife
Fumiko Homma....Housewife